‘Drug peddler’ killed in Barishal ‘gunfight’

A suspected drug peddler was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Harinafulia in the city on early Thursday.

The deceased, Malek Fakir, 35, son of Entaj Fakir of KDC area in the city, was wanted in several drugs-related cases.

Tipped off, a team of Rab conducted a drive in the area early in the morning, said Nurul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station.

As soon as the elite force reached the area, the criminals opened fire, triggering a skirmish.

Malek was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot but others managed to flee, police said.